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Northeast Historical Archaeology

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Four Historical Landscapes of the Merchant’s House Museum Backlot, Manhattan Island, New York, Identified through Pollen Analysis

Abstract

The Merchant’s House Museum is on Manhattan Island in New York City, at 29 East Fourth Street, between Lafayette Street and the Bowery. It is the sole, remaining, intact 19th-century family home in the city with original, period furnishings. An archaeological study of the Merchant’s House backyard was undertaken in 1991–1995 in conjunction with an historical-structure study of the house. This pollen analysis of a soil profile from a central parterre was part of the backlot study.

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